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Beyond presents Mutek Brooklyn photo gallery
Line-up /Akufen (Musique Risquée, Perlon, Mutek, Force Inc | Montreal)
Efdemin (Dial | Berlin)
Cheap & Deep (Hauntologists, Hardwax | Berlin) LIVE
Stephen Beaupré (Musique Risquée, Circus Company | Montreal) LIVE
Vincent Lemieux (Musique Risquée | Montreal)
Derek Plaslaiko (the Bunker, Spectral | Queens)
Gamelatron (Brooklyn) LIVE ROBOTIC GAMELAN ORCHESTRA
Borne (Anticipate, Imagenode | NJ)
Mutek is an international festival of electronic music and digital creativity, which is celebrating it's 11th anniversary this year from June 2 to 6 in Montreal, Canada. To say that Mutek is innovative is a huge understatement. This organization has been presenting the most forward thinking electronic music festival in North America since it's inception. While showcasing well known artists such as Ricardo Villalobos, Atom Heart, Monolake, Pole, and Matthew Herbert, they also played a huge role in introducing and developing Canadian artists such as Akufen, Deadbeat, The Mole, Mathew Jonson, Pheek, and many more. The full list of artists who have participate in Mutek over the past 10 years is truly mindboggling, and can be found on their Myspace page. Mutek is a lot more than a music festival though, putting an incredible amount of care and attention into the visual presentation of the events, and providing panels and forums for attendees and participants to share ideas and meet like-minded people. Discovering Mutek was truly a life-changing event for us, and we're hoping to convince more of Brooklyn to head up to Montreal this year to check it out by bringing a small piece of the festival to you for one night only.
Akufen is one of the most well-known micro-house producers in the world. His 2002 debut album "My Way" on Force Inc caused ripples in the electronic music waters that are still being felt today. Since then, he has remixed everyone from Richie Hawtin to Massive Attack. Akufen incorporates found sounds, random radio static, and other weird noises into his music, giving it an instantly recognizable sound that really stands out from other producers. In 2005, he released "Musique Pour 3 Femmes Enceintes" (Music for 3 Pregnant Women) on Mutek Records. This critically acclaimed album was aimed more at home listened environments, and really showed his range as a producer. Earlier this summer, Akufen released his first dance track in quite some time, a brilliant house remix of Guillaume and the Coutu Dumonts under his Horror Inc alias, which is hopefully a sign that more productions will be coming out soon. Tonight is the sixth time we've brought Akufen to NYC.
Long before the deep house resurgence took hold in Berlin, Hamburg's Efdemin was making some of the best abstract house music we'd ever heard. While he's since released his music on a variety of record labels like Curle, he started out on Lawrence's legendary Dial imprint, and that's still where his heart is at. After releasing his first full-length album on Dial Records in 2007, which was Groove Magazine's album of the year, Efdemin was suddenly in the spotlight. Efdemin's deep interest in all different kinds of music, including very experimental sounds, makes him the perfect candidate to DJ at this special Mutek Brooklyn event.
After toiling in relative obscurity for a long, long time, Jay Ahern aka Cheap and Deep really exploded onto the techno scene in 2009. His two EPs as Hauntologists (produced with Stefan Schneider of To Rococo Rot) and his solo EP as Cheap and Deep caused major waves and got a ton of support from huge DJs around the world. His live set is much more live than most, as Jay utilizes all of the classic Roland machines to present a somewhat improvised set that never sounds the way twice. Tonight marks the North American debut of his new project.
Stephen Beaupré first came to our attention as one half of the Crakhaus duo with Deadbeat. He has since established himself as a solo artist, and several tracks from his debut album in 2006 were frequently heard on The Bunker dancefloor (seriously, if you've heard Derek Plaslaiko DJ in the past few years, you've heard Stephen's music). He always blows us away with his live sets at The Bunker, one of which you can download from The Bunker Podcast. His set at The Bunker last summer had the party going nuts. After a very well received single on Wagon Repair last year, he's preparing some new music that will see the light of day soon.
Musique Risquée co-founder Vincent Lemieux is one of our favorite DJs in the world. Dude has absolutely no concern about trends, and rocks the dancefloor every time with his unique taste in dance music, drawing heavily on his huge collection of classic records. His great taste has lead to DJ gigs around the world at Mutek events and repeat performances at European clubs such as Panorama Bar in Berlin for the Get Perlonized party. Listen to his set from The Bunker Podcast for an example of his mind melting DJ capabilities.
Derek Plaslaiko has long been the resident at The Bunker, and is widely considered to be one of the best DJs in New York (The Village Voice named him New York's Best Techno DJ in 2006's "Best Of" poll). Derek pretty much blows up The Bunker every single month, often outshining the world famous special guests from all over the world. 2009 was a good year for Derek, as he continued to heavily tour the United States, and even made appearances at Berghain and Club der Visionaire in Berlin. Also, his mix of all Spectral material was part of the "Spectral 50" release, on, you guessed it, Spectral Sound. We expect a lot from him, but in 2010 you can expect much more as DerekBorne focuses more energy into his own productions and finally releasing some music.
The GamelaTron is the fruit of a collaboration between The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR) and the composer Zemi17: A. Taylor Kuffner. Modeled after traditional Balinese and Javanese gamelan orchestras, the GamelaTron is an amalgamation of traditional instruments with a suite of percussive sound makers. MIDI sequences control 117 robotic striking mechanisms that produce intricately woven and rhythmic sound. Performances follow an arc similar to classic Indonesian gatherings, where stories from great epics, such as the Ramayana, are told and settings given in words that are continued in music. Taylor is an old friend and one of the most creative and interesting people we've come across in New York, so we are very pleased to finally present his new project at a Beyond event.
Borne (Scott Vizioli) plays a diverse montage of musical influences, from experimental ambient to minimal techno and all that lies between. A lover of many styles, and the absurdities of everyday life, e enjoys the chance to blend in the unexpected. Across the east coast Borne has spread his unique sound in nooks, crannies, forests and concrete boxes ranging from The Bunker to Imagenode's inflatable blinky bubbles and spaces in between. Tonight Borne will be opening the party with a deep and interesting set like only he can deliver.